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Friday, 5 January 2018

McCall's 6069 Jersey maxi dress

I feel bad for posting a summery maxi dress with bomb cyclones and storm Eleanor wreaking havoc elsewhere, but the reality is this dress won't see the light of day until at least May by which time I will have forgotten all about it.  Stay safe and warm out there.

I spent the holidays in Phuket, Thailand to celebrate my husband's 50th birthday with his large family who came out from the UK.  Of course I wanted to make something new to wear, but also something easy and not too dressy.  I used McCall's 6069, an easy knit pattern I've made several times before.  The pattern envelope calls this a 1 hour dress, but I don't think I'd ever be able to make anything that quickly.  Maybe 3 in total?





I made the sleeveless cowl version, but changed the skirt to maxi length and left a slit in one side seam.  The ITY jersey fabric is from China and has all my favourite colours in it so I'm glad to have used it for this special occasion.




I added a strap across the back (as shown for view C, the square front neck version) otherwise there is a tendency for it to fall off the shoulder with the deep cowl in the back.


 

Here are a couple of pictures of me before the party and I have only just noticed now that the back strap needs to be a bit shorter!  Oh well!






Unfortunately this pattern has been out of print now for a while, but if you like easy knit dresses I'd recommend it if you can find it somewhere, I've got good use out of it over the years and am sure I'll use it again.  I'm wondering now why I haven't yet made the long sleeve version....

15 comments:

  1. What a lovely dress! I remember some of your previous makes using this pattern and understand why you've returned to it again and again. You will get to one using the long sleeves.

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  2. Great dress, perfect fabric! Wonderful make! Wherever you are is beautiful too.
    Laura

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  3. Beautiful! Looks so classy, yet comfortable too. Love your fabric selection.

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  4. great dress for your vacation. I saw a woman in a store a while ago with a similar back cowl dress and was puzzling out how to make it, might have to try for spring.

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  5. I made this dress (short version) a couple of years ago. I plan on making one with long sleeves for early spring. I opted to leave the back strap off; adding strap keepers at the shoulder seams.

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  6. Lovely fabric! It looks great; glamorous and very wearable.

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  7. It looks great! I hope you had a great holiday as well

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  8. Buenos dias,te ha quedado precioso, como todo lo que haces. Me encanta tu blog

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  9. I can see why this is a favorite pattern. It is a very flattering style and easy sew. Three hours sewing time is great for a dress as pretty as this.

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  10. Very pretty. I love the colours.

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  11. Love your dress, I too have made this one and quibble with the one hour sew name.
    I did add a little pocket to the inside edge of the cowl neck, inserting a penny to give some weight and keep the cowl tucked inside, works a treat. And the back strap is essential to keep dress decent for me, plus helps to keep on a hanger, I wrap the strap around the coat hanger hook so dress stays on when drying on the line.

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  12. Gorgeous! I love the fabric, and the simplicity of the design lets it be the focal point.

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  13. Perfect use for your gorgeous fabric and beautiful dress for a special occasion.

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  14. It's SO pretty!!! What a great birthday trip!

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  15. Gorgeous! These really are great colors for you.

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